Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Wisdom of Ranchers

I just had this sent to my email inbox.  So crazy it just has to be true.  Ranchers are a very wise group of people - quiet, thoughtful and of few words. But when they do speak, listen.:

The Sierra Club guy was a newly minted PhD from Harvard.
The old rancher graduated from USU in the 50's.
Sierra Club vs Utah Ranchers

The Sierra Club and the U.S. Forest Service were presenting an alternative to the Utah ranchers for controlling the coyote population.
It seems that after years of the ranchers using the tried and true method of shooting or trapping the predators, the Sierra Club had a "more humane" solution to this issue.
What they were proposing was for the animals to be captured alive. The males would then be castrated and let loose again. This was ACTUALLY proposed by the Sierra Club and by the U.S. Forest Service.
All of the ranchers thought about this amazing idea for a couple of minutes.
Finally an old fellow wearing a big cowboy hat in the back of the conference room stood up, tipped his hat back and said; "Son, I don't think you understand our problem here... these coyotes ain't f***n' our sheep... they're eatin' 'em!"
The meeting never really got back to order. . .
It reminds me of another story about another rancher.  A very wise and dedicated rancher, and it is a true story that I read in National Geographic.  That rancher was from Utah, too.  I posted it to this blog a while back

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